Monday, May 20, 2019

30 NEW PMI-ACP Free Questions and Answers (Part - 1)

These questions are based on feedback from many successful PMI-ACPs and my understanding of various Agile concepts. Some of the questions references the latest list of guide/books for the exam. 

The questions are from the newly released book:
I Want To Be An ACP, 2nd edition.

Questions in the PMI-ACP exam are mostly situational. You should have sound understanding of agile principles, values, practices as well as real-world experience to try out the questions. 

In this series, there are 15 questions, which you can try. I believe it will help you in your PMI-ACP exam preparation.

[This series - Part - 2]



Question – 1: You are working in a large industrial project to develop intelligent military devices. There are multiple Scrum teams working together. Your team is running daily meetings for every sprint. However, there is also a need for representatives from each Scrum team to meet 2 to 3 times a week and synchronize the work for the Sprints completed. What team method or scaling method is MOST suitable for your project?
A Lean and Kanban.
B Scrum of Scrums.
C Large Scale Scrum.
D Extreme Programming.

Question – 2: You are working in a software development project which follows the follow-the-sun model, where work is handed off at the end of every day from one development site to another due time zone gaps. The entire team is following the Scrumban method. Team members of one site had asked to have the burn down chart and velocity histogram is to be available to all. What should you do?
A Inform the team that it's not possible as the team members are geographically separated.
B Bring up the chart and histogram in the next retrospective meeting.
C Put an electronic information radiator with these charts within the fishbowl window.
D Assign a person to generate the chart and histogram and share with the site members.

Question – 3: An agile practitioner is leading a critical project to build a deep learning neural system. Several prototypes have been developed by the team, but the top management is not satisfied with the results. In one meeting, the leader lost his cool and yelled at the team members for building useless prototypes, which are unable to satisfy management. Which one of the agile principles did the leader forget?
A Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer's competitive advantage. 
B Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.
C Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.
D At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.

Question – 4: Large scale scrum (or LeSS) is a scaling approach which uses Scrum, but with a large number of teams at a larger scale. Which one of the following LeSS practices are similar to the team based method of Scrum?
A Overall retrospective.
B Cross-team coordination.
C Cross-functional team.
D Overall Sprint Review.

Question – 5: You are negotiating for a contract with a prospective client. In the project high requirements churn is expected. Your organization has the domain expertise, but you are worried about the scope change and the client is also telling the price is fixed. However, the client agrees that if any higher priority feature is to be added in a future iteration, then the lower priority item has to be removed from the release plan. What should you do?
A Don't pursue this contract as scope is changeable, but price is fixed.
B Ask for a premature clause for the contract closure, i.e., an early cancellation approach
C Propose a fixed price with allowed scope change contract
D Go for team augmentation approach with the client 

Question – 6: In a product backlog, there are 4 features shown below with cost of delay and duration. How should the product owner prioritize these features?

A Feature D will be of the highest priority.
B Feature C will be of the lowest priority.
C Both Feature A and Feature B will be of the same priority.
D Feature B will be of the highest priority followed by Feature D. 

Question – 7: Your team is working on an e-ticket reservation for booking flights and following a Kanban approach to development. The team has a board which has been divided into various workflow states such as Backlog, Selected, Develop, Deploy, and Live. What is the PRIMARY purpose of this board?
A To find the defects in the system and throughput.
B To self-organize and find out the bottlenecks in their workflow states.
C To create an expedite lane for high priority customer features.
D To visualize how features flow through a process and determine right work in progress limit. 

Question – 8: A product owner (PO) is prioritizing a list of capabilities, features, and stories considering various factors. While doing so, the PO notices that two items in the backlog can be completely eliminated altogether because these operation tasks are not needed. What factors did the PO consider for prioritization?
A Financial Value.
B Value and Risk.
C Cost of development.
D Knowledge gained. 

Question – 9: Your organization is building an Agile PMO as a center of excellence and helping the agile practitioners engaged in various projects. Which one of the following cannot be a service provided by the Agile PMO?
A Facilitate organizational learning.
B Create and maintain the product backlog of the teams.
C Ensure that teams’ work fits into the overall organizational strategic vision.
D Inform on compliance and amplify the teams’ external needs regarding compliance. 

Question – 10: You are working as an agile practitioner for a network hosting services project. A new stakeholder in a release planning meeting is unsure about this project and wants to know who benefits from this project and how they benefit. What should you do?
A Share the benefits management plan with the stakeholder.
B Request the stakeholders to participate in the iteration planning meeting.
C Send the project charter of the project to the stakeholder.
D Use the team charter to explain the benefit details. 

Question – 11: Your team is working on a smartphone project and has created a number of user stories which will be implemented over multiple iterations. Your sponsor wants to ensure that all possible scenarios addressed and have stories you would be likely to miss otherwise. He gives an example of how smartphones are used in very cold climates. What should you do NEXT?
A Use the 20:20 vision collaboration games.
B Specify requirements in form of executable customer tests.
C Consider using low fidelity prototypes. 
D Build extreme characters to get such types of users.

Question – 12: Your team is rebuilding an existing product for a client organization. Your client does not remember all the usages, pitfalls or lacunae in the product and hence asked you to actively participate with them while using the product. These will uncover the hidden requirements and hence build a better version of the product. Which innovation game will be MOST effective for this purpose?
A Me and My Shadow.
B Start Your Day.
C The Apprentice.
D Remember the Future.

Question – 13: A project team has been building a mobile commerce application product. The earlier version of the product didn't work in the market because of one particular reason - lack of customer empathy. The client organization informed the earlier product built by individuals with good domain knowledge, but no real on-the-field experiences of users working on the product. If you were the leader of the project, what would you do?
A Build an exhaustive product backlog with fine-grained requirements.
B Involve users in the iteration planning meeting.
C Use the innovation game of "The Apprentice" to have customer empathy.
D Ensure active stakeholder participation.

Question – 14: Your team is following Scrum framework for product development. Currently, you are documenting the roles and responsibilities for all the roles of your team including development team members, product owner and scrum master. You are using RASCI matrix for this purpose. Which one of the following roles will fall under "S" category?
A Development team members.
B Product Owner (PO).
C Scrum Master (SM). 
D Business owner and external stakeholders. 

Question – 15: You are the project manager for a mono-rail project in an organization, which has been following XP practices. Your sponsor wants to spread knowledge gained during the execution of the project and thinks knowingly keeps one member at a reduced load, but keeping the overall team load will help in knowledge spread. This way you can also free-up a team member. Which XP practice will help you the MOST in this aspect?
A Slack.
B Team continuity.
C Pair programming. 
D Shrinking team.

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